The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has revealed that 12 states of the federation will experience profound flooding.
The states include Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa. There is also the River Benue axis which includes Benue, Adamawa and Taraba.
Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General of NEMA, who made this known at a stakeholder’s forum on flooding in Abuja, stated that the pointers of the flooding that occurred in 2012 was now evident this year.
“there is need for preparedness. We should be ready for any eventuality. We should invigorate our enlightenment campaign in an effort to enlighten the people to further inform the frontline states in a more aggressive manner.
“Presently, the water level in Lokoja is 9.89 level with a discharge of 326. The same depth in 2012. It is clear that all he indices that took place on flooding in 2012 have resurfaced.
“One of the ways to take care of this situation is that we have set up a committee of five group, three persons from each sector. They will go to the villages and cities that will be affected, use all avenues to enlighten the people and make sure they are well informed.” he said.
He stated that State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) have resolved to clear the drainages in their state to avert the occurrence of flood.
“People build on water channels thereby blocking drainages where water should pass. All this has to be taken care of.
“NEMA will champion the clearing of drainages and houses built on waterways in the states by providing 30% funding. Dangote will provide 30% while the federal government will give 40% to ensure clearance of drainages and clear waterways.
“The Ministry of housing has to come in here to provide emergency housing scheme to these states. And in a safer parts of the states where flood cannot get to, what we are working on is long term, medium term and short term plans.” he said.